Psychology of Addiction – Unit7

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Textbook Information

Title:Treating Addiction: A Guide for Professionals

Author:Miller, W. R., Forcehimes, A. A., andZweben, A.



eBook or Physical text or Digital Book:Digital,
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Miller, W.R., Forcehimes, A.A., & Zweben, A. (2011). Treating
addiction: A guide for

  professionals.New York, NY: Guilford.


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    this graded activity, use the Don scenario below to create a treatment plan.
    Use the information from your Reading to determine his treatment needs and then
    explain which treatment methods might be best used in his treatment. Describe
    which treatment method might be best for him (e.g., cognitive-behavioral or

    Treatment Scenario: Don

    had been consuming alcohol for 15 years. He started with one drink after work
    with his friends. His drinking increased gradually over the years. Now, his
    drinking has become the focus of each day despite suffering many serious
    setbacks. He worked as a skilled laborer when he could, however, his income was
    now so low and sporadic that he could no longer pay his credit card bills and
    had no money in his checking account. Don’s wife left with the children 10
    years ago because Don would not seek help for his drinking problem. However,
    Don’s good friend, Jack, recently moved back to town and who wanted to help.

    the intake, you learn that Don’s father also drank heavily on a daily basis.
    Don does not view his father’s drinking as problematic because his dad “went to
    work every day.”

    results on the Addiction Severity Index indicate that he has had significant
    difficulties in the areas of employment problems, family relations, and
    psychiatric (e.g., anxiety).

    Don does not have medical insurance, he recently qualified for state medical
    assistance. This program will pay for an outpatient treatment program (it will
    not pay for any higher level of care and he does not have funds to cover
    anything additional).

    administered the SOCRATES which revealed that Don is in the contemplation stage
    of change and may be close to the preparation stage.

    on this additional information, design a treatment plan for Don. Use the
    treatment plan in the template below, which is similar to the ones used by most
    agencies. You may make assumptions about Don that are not included in this
    scenario (just be sure to justify your responses).

    Chapters 4 and 5 in Brief Interventions and Brief Therapies for Substance
    (TIP 34) to learn about specific therapeutic treatment methods used
    in the treatment of substance use disorders. Also, read Chapter 5 in Substance
    Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy
    (TIP 41) to learn about the specific
    treatment methods used in group treatment settings.

    1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
    Administration. (2014). Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy (TIP
    41). Retrieved from

  • Read Chapter 4: “Brief
    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy”

  • Read Chapter 5: “Brief
    Strategic/Interactional Therapies”

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